Tuesday 2 March 2021 by Mark Molloy

Sitting on a dead horse clearly worse than shooting them if they fall over in one of our races, confirms Jockey Club

Grand national horse racing

The Jockey Club, The British Horseracing Authority, and betting companies around the world have condemned the abhorrent behaviour of a man pictured sitting on a dead horse today, confirming it does not represent the usual care and respect given to horses in their sport, such as shooting them when they fall and break their legs in the Grand National.

With disturbing pictures circulating on social media yesterday of leading trainer Gordon Elliott sat astride a dead horse whilst speaking on his phone, leading figures within the sport have been quick to defend the treatment of horses who normally enjoy a safe and carefree life, until they break their neck over Beachers Brook at Aintree.

A spokesperson for the BHA confirmed today, “This is disgusting, the worse thing I’ve ever seen happen to a horse.

“Obviously turning a blind eye to healthy horses being killed for breaking a leg in a race is pretty bad, but you know, this is far worse because there’s a picture of it.

“Clearly this is totally unacceptable and not reflective of the care that racehorses receive from participants in our sport.

“Care such as running them into the ground so they suffer a heart attack, or shooting them in the head if they become useless to us for breaking their leg in the National.

“That’s why we will be imposing a very lengthy ban of up to… erm whenever Cheltenham is, to teach him a serious lesson.”

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